For the second time in the Symetra Tour’s 34 years, an African-American has won an event as Sadena Parks shot 62 Sunday to come from seven shots back and emerge victorious at the 2014 SEFCU Championship at Capital Hills in Albany, N.Y.
With four birdies on the back nine, including two of her closing three holes down the stretch, Parks finished a shot ahead of 36-hole leader Min Lee.
Parks has steadily been climbing toward her first win, with finishes of T-17, T-11 and second in her previous three starts. She needed just 25 putts Sunday to notch the victory.
“I’ve been waiting two years for this,” said the 24-year-old Parks. “I’m just really excited – I can’t wait to talk to my dad, my friends and I just want to take it all in.
“… The steps that I am taking helps to influence younger African-American kids, girls and boys, and even parents that have younger kids that want them to be more involved in this game.”
LaRee Sugg had won the 1998 Aurora Health Care Futures Classic.
Lee, who had led after each of the first two rounds in Albany, gave herself a 15-footer at the last hole for a birdie that could have forced a playoff.
Parks, who played collegiately at Washington, rises eight critical spots on the Symetra Tour money list as the season comes down its stretch run.
“My goal for this year was to earn my LPGA Tour card and right now being No. 6 is very exciting,” Parks said. “I’m going to hold that position. Actually, since there are six more tournaments, I am going to try and move up on the money list.”
– Symetra Tour contributed